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New York Fashion Week S/S 2013: Backstage at Erickson Beamon

One of the great pleasures of Fashion Week is being able to hang out backstage while all the models are readied for runways or presentations. This time, I was backstage at Erickson Beamon at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents. In a tizzy of flying eyeliner and lengths upon lengths of hair weaves, models were prepped for the jewelry/clothing line’s Spring/Summer 2013 presentation. Makeup (by NYX) included thick black eyes angled upward with white lines and shadows, while hair was extended well beyond its regular length (neverending braids topped by twists and half-chignons; long, beachy curls brought forth by Sarah Potempa’s Beachwaver styling tool, courtesy of Beauty.com–there’s actually a series of these pictures below, showing you how it works: imagine, a curling iron with no clips!). Nails were faux, done in a silver and gold ombre on top of (and underneath!) the nail.

As for jewelry–darling, it’s Erickson Beamon, so baubles abound! Not just wrapped around wrists and necks and hanging chandelier-style from earrings, but embedded in crocheted dresses. There was even a man backstage with a crochet-hook, just in case of emergency! One of my favorite pieces was a multi-colored tube dress from which long beads ran alongside streams of colored fabric. Delish.

Also a part of the presentation were a band and some fine ladies of New York life, including but not limited to Marla Maples (the former Mrs. Trump) and Judith Bookbinder. Take a look at some photos below!

Elyssa Goodman likes words and pictures a lot. She is a Style Consultant at Her Campus, was previously the publication's first Style Editor, and has been with the magazine since its inception in 2009. Elyssa graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied Professional Writing, Creative Writing, and Photography. As an undergraduate, she founded and was the editor-in-chief of The Cut, Carnegie Mellon's Music Magazine. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elyssa now lives and works in New York City as Miss Manhattan, a freelance writer, photographer, stylist and social media consultant. Her work has appeared in Vice, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, Glamour, The New Yorker, Artforum, Bust, Bullett, Time Out New York, Nerve.com, and many other publications across the globe. Elyssa is also the photographer of the book "Awkwafina's NYC," written by Nora "Awkwafina" Lum. She loves New York punk circa 1973, old-school photobooths, macaroni and cheese, and Marilyn Monroe. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @MissManhattanNY.
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